You can count on every Oscars ceremony to feature memorable speeches and shocking wins, but one underrated element? Celebrities getting bleeped. It seems like every year at least one actor gets cut off for one reason or another, and 2021 was no exception. But why were Andra Day and Glenn Close bleeped at the Oscars? The shade was brutal.
During the awards show, Lil Rel Howery engaged the audience in a game guessing if hit songs were Oscar winners, Oscar nominees, or snubbed completely. First he picked Day, whose song was Prince's "Purple Rain." She began to sing along and was seen responding, but her words were bleeped out due to a curse word. But some fans read her lips, and think she said, "It's a brilliant song. It probably wasn't even nominated and that's some bullsh*t." Unfortunately, "Purple Rain" was indeed not nominated. "I don't know how much that's gonna cost y'all, ABC, but it happened!" Lil Rel responded.
Later, he moved onto Glenn Close, whose song was the School Daze hit "Da Butt." She got bleeped too, seemingly proclaiming that the song getting snubbed was "bullsh*t." Close then got up and performed her best rendition of the "Da Butt" dance, as Lil Rel exclaimed, "This is the Blackest Oscars of all time, y'all!"
Apart from both getting bleeped, Day and Close have something else important in common: They were both nominated for acting at this year's Oscars. Day was nominated for best lead actress for portraying iconic singer and activist Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday. It was a momentous career moment for the Grammy-nominated musician, who had never acted in a major film before signing onto the project. The award ultimately went to Frances McDormand, who won for her role in Nomadland.
Meanwhile, Close was up for best supporting actress for her role as Mamaw in Hillbilly Elegy, although the award went to Youn Yuh-Jung for her role in Minari. As of 2021, the actor has been nominated for eight Oscars over the course of her career.
At the end of the day, Day and Close may not have gone home with Oscars, but hey! They had the internet buzzing anyway.